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Re: British Schoolkids To Be Taught Computer Coding

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____/ Homer on Monday 19 Sep 2011 13:33 : \____

> Verily I say unto thee that Sneaky Weasel spake thusly:
>> On 09/16/2011 11:21 AM, Homer wrote:
>>> Beats me why they ever /stopped/ teaching real computing. If people
>>> want to learn the specifics of proprietary applications, surely it
>>> should be up to the respective proprietary software vendors to
>>> provide private vocational training for their commercial products,
>>> for those who actually want to buy them, and not up to taxpayers to
>>> subsidise those companies' incomes with state-aid, by allowing public
>>> schools to be perverted into sales showrooms for a captive audience
>>> of schoolchildren.
>> I had to go to a "special" tech school to learn any of this and even
>> then I had to read on my own. Teachers are mostly idiots who follow
>> text books given to them by even dumber administrators.
> The subject was called "Computing" back in my school days, not ICT, and
> it had just been introduced to schools across the UK, so we had no such
> thing as a "Computing teacher". The person deemed most suitable for the
> position was the maths teacher. As it turned out, he was unsurprisingly
> good at the theory, but completely out of touch with the technology, so
> geekier kids ran rings around him WRT things that might be described as
> "hacking" these days. However, the "hacking" was the most instructional
> part of the course by far. Whilst the largely disinterested majority of
> the class (including the teacher) were busy typing "10 REM HELLO WORLD"
> the rest of us were doing stack trace disassembly, then hiding our work
> in files named using invisible control characters (also very useful for
> hiding games). Had it not been for those "hacking" sessions, I doubt if
> I would have ended up pursuing the career that I did.
> AFAICT the current "ICT" curriculum is nothing but a secretarial course
> for Microsoft Office training. Frankly it's an absolute miracle we have
> any computer science graduates in the UK at all.

it is said to be the least sought after occupation in the UK at the moment.

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